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CURRENT EVENTS

Mar 18 15:36

Amnestied Illegals to Get $1.3T in Social Security, Medicare

If implemented, President Barack Obama’s executive actions granting temporary amnesty and federal benefits to nearly 4 million illegal aliens in the United States will end up costing American taxpayers about $1.3 trillion in Social Security and Medicare benefits, and about $20 billion more in retroactive tax credits, according to Robert Rector, senior research fellow for Domestic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation.

Mar 18 15:31

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

Mar 18 15:26

Egypt gives 22 Morsi supporters death penalty

The sentence, which was passed on Wednesday, was in relation to an attack on a police station in the town of Kerdasa on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo which claimed the life of one police officer.

Mar 18 14:17

Food industry waging a bitter battle over proposal on added-sugar labels

Of all the issues the Obama administration is grappling with, a modest redesign of what food labels say about sweeteners might not have seemed among the more controversial. But ever since First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the plan last year, a lobbying frenzy has ensued.

Mar 18 14:03

Underground Market Steals $12 Million In Bitcoins: “Going to The Caribbean… Hope You Guys Understand”

For the casual observer the underground online marketplace, often referred to as the DarkNet, seems to resemble the lawlessness of the Wild West. Over the last several years millions of dollars worth of digital crypto-currencies have been stolen, oftentimes by the very operators of the web sites tasked with managing the online digital “hot” wallets of its users. (A “cold” wallet is used to store crypto-addresses on your own Flash drive or can be written down on a piece of paper).

Mar 18 13:43

What If The Drought Causes California’s Food Supply to Collapse?

NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, while the drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate. This is a direct threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, with some 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops being raised in California…

Mar 18 13:42

Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese Because It Might Have Metal Pieces in It

6.5 MILLION BOXES RECALLED because of metal pieces... not even shavings, PIECES. Put up this video in the middle of the night. Another rant of sorts. THIS is what happens when you allow megacorporations who are not interested in your nutrition but their bottom lines to take your food away from you.

Mar 18 13:31

Conspiracy Theories Damage British Democracy, says Douglas Alexander

Douglas Alexander, the head of Labour’s election strategy, has said it is getting harder for politicians to campaign in elections because of conspiracy theories on social media.

Mar 18 13:27

How Far Will The Euro Fall?

The US dollar is hitting new 12-year highs almost daily, while the euro seems to be plunging inexorably to below dollar parity. Currency movements are often described as the most unpredictable of all financial variables; but recent events in foreign-exchange markets seem, for once, to have a fairly obvious explanation – one that almost all economists and policymakers accept and endorse.

Mar 18 13:24

Leftist Media Claims If You Support Second Amendment, You Support Rape

A leftist news outlet claims that Second Amendment activists are supporting rape by advocating concealed carry on college campuses.

Mar 18 13:12

Netanyahu’s Fear-mongering Wins

Binyamin Netanyahu’s last-minute efforts to paint himself as even more hawkish than most outside observers feared was already the case has paid off handsomely with a decisive victory over his centrist rivals in Israel’s general election. Netanyahu’s poor showing in the final polls published late last week – giving him only 20 seats – had encouraged misleading forecasts.

Mar 18 13:09

Kiev Shifts Goalposts as Merkel Skews Wide

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a new dimension of international sanctions against Russia this week, while being royally entertained by German leaders in Berlin. The oligarch-turned-politician now wants the Western allies of the Kiev regime to boycott the 2018 World Cup Finals to held in Russia.

Mar 18 13:05

Germany riot targets new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt

Dozens of people have been hurt and some 350 people arrested as anti-austerity demonstrators clashed with police in the German city of Frankfurt.

Mar 18 12:15

Birthright Citizenship: The New Immigration Scam

Scott Walker is only the latest candidate to stumble over the immigration tripwire. Though previously supportive of providing a path to citizenship for undocumented residents, now the Wisconsin governor is talking up border security. Advice to candidates: maybe it’s time for some new policy ideas, like demanding an end to our so-called “birthright citizenship.”

Mar 18 11:25

1984: France Will Counter Terrorist Attacks on Free Speech by... Attacking Free Speech?

George Orwell wasn't psychic; he was a time traveler, and we're permanently falling down the rabbit hole of 1984.

If you live in France, your right to visit certain websites has just been terminated by the almighty government.

Why? Because terrorism.

How painfully ironic, considering the Charlie Hebdo attack was supposed to be a terroristic attack on free speech to begin with...

Mar 18 11:16

Democrats Stop Bill to Help Human Trafficking Victims Because it Won’t Fund Their Abortions

Proving once again that, for Democrats, abortion trumps everything else in politics, Senate Democrats voted today to stop a bill to help human trafficking victims because the measure won’t pay for their abortions.

Mar 18 11:16

Gun Control Extremists Set Up Fake Gun Shop To Talk People Out Of Buying Guns

In effort to prove once and for all that owning guns puts Americans in danger, States United to Prevent Gun Violence set up a fake gun store and shamed first-time gun buyers into foregoing their purchase.

Mar 18 11:15

Republican women say ‘War No More,’ but the men keep shooting their mouths off "In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have described a pregnant woman as 'the child’s host' rather than a mother, called women a 'lesser cut of meat', likened Planned

There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to refute the notion that the GOP is waging a “war on women.”

Mar 18 11:14

Oregon House approves bill banning 'gay conversion' therapy

The Oregon House voted Tuesday to outlaw a therapy that purports to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people, with several lawmakers arguing the practice has been discredited and can cause irreparable mental and emotional damage.

Mar 18 11:11

GERMANY RIOT TARGETS NEW ECB HEADQUARTERS IN FRANKFURT

In addition, two attackers have also been killed, Essid said, calling it a “cowardly terrorist operation” that targeted tourists. The tourists were attacked while they were getting off a bus to enter the museum, Essid said, noting this is the first attack there targeting tourists.

Mar 18 11:03

KERRY RENEWS ASSAULT ON SYRIA

The U.S. launched a renewed push for regime change in Syria. It started with an interview Secretary of State Kerry gave to CBS with a question on Syria. Kerry's answer was (intentionally?) misreported as the U.S. position softening and being ready to negotiate with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But that was not a new position, nor was that the remarkable part of Kerry's answer.

Mar 18 10:54

A judge in NY State has ordered law enforcement to release details on the use of cell phone tracking technology. "The court today has confirmed that law enforcement cannot hide behind a shroud of secrecy while it is invading the privacy of those it has sw

A state judge Tuesday ordered the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to release information about its acquisition and use of cellphone-tracking devices to monitor users and their locations.

Mar 18 10:54

PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, CONGRESSMEN, GENERALS, SPOOKS, SOLDIERS AND POLICE ADMIT TO FALSE FLAG TERROR

There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes. In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally or in writing

Mar 18 10:51

FedGov Moves To Seize Water Rights From 100,000 Montanans: "All Surface Water And Wells"

There are many areas in the United States where water rights are either under assault or threatened by the federal government in this manner.

Mar 18 10:46

Loretta Lynch Nomination In BIG Trouble; Here’s Why…

Loretta Lynch’s bid to become the next attorney general appears to be in big trouble, as a well-placed source on Capitol Hill told WND there are now rumblings that even some Democratic Party senators may oppose her nomination.

Mar 18 10:45

Michigan Mayor Shows How To Stand up to Atheist Bullies

As more and more atheist groups are working to remove all references to God in public life, there is growing push-back by the Christian community to not surrender Constitutional rights to these anti-god bullies. Now, the mayor of Warren, Michigan has come up with a creative solution to challenge the atheists running amock in the city hall. Christian News Network reports:

Mar 18 10:41

Jeremy Clarkson 'instructs lawyers' over Jimmy Savile smear

Jeremy Clarkson has instructed lawyers to demand an immediate retraction from the BBC after a senior employee compared him to Jimmy Savile, it has emerged.
The Top Gear host is said to be furious about the "defamatory" smear and is determined to identity the executive behind it.

His friends told the Daily Mail that he believes it was a source connected to the office of former Labour minister James Purnell, now the BBC's £295,000-a-year head of strategy.

Mar 18 10:41

Whistleblower: State Department Employees Who Don’t Sign Separation Agreement Face Dire Consequences

Failure to sign a formal separation agreement can have dire consequences for rank-and-file State Department employees, an agency whistleblower told The Daily Caller.

That is in stark contrast to what happens to top-level officials such as former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton if they refuse to sign the separation form, OF-109.

Ramifications for lower-level State Department employees include the withholding of retirement benefits and possible investigations conducted by the agency into why employees declined to sign the form, whistleblower Richard Higbie says.

By signing OF-109, agency employees affirm that they have turned over all records — classified or unclassified; emails or physical documents — pertaining to official government business.

Mar 18 10:37

03 16 15 standoff and fire

This is how an old man and his dogs were evicted by the Oregon State Police.
They are all dead!

Mar 18 10:24

Obama Administration Sets New Record for LESS Transparency

The "most transparent administration in history" is anything but, according to a new analysis of data by The Associated Press.

The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Mar 18 10:20

Mars One Is Broke, Disorganized, and Sketchy as Hell

Remember Mars One? The mega-hyped, one way ticket to go start a colony on Mars assuming it could get a ship and funding and capable colonists and training facilities and the major technological advances necessary to make it all happen? Surprise! According to one finalist, the whole thing is pretty much a scam.

Mar 18 10:20

Jeb Bush Calls For The Elimination Of The Federal Minimum Wage

At an event in South Carolina on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked whether he thinks the country should raise the minimum wage or whether the wage should be left up to private companies.

Mar 18 10:12

Deceased Man In House Identified

This fellow had lost his job and couldn't make his payments so the bank(un-named) had the Sheriff's department do a forcible eviction. The fire didn't break out until teargas was used and an armored vehicle rammed into the house. It's been ruled a suicide because according to the coroner he could have come out at any time.
Neighbors said that Mr.Rengigas was a nice man and they would see him walking his dogs.
The story stinks to high heaven!
http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2015/mar/17/photo-timeline-poli...
http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2015/mar/17/eviction-sparks-gun...

Mar 18 10:09

Egyptian woman who disguised herself as a man for 43 years in order to make a living was honored Tuesday by the government as the “ideal mother”

An Egyptian woman who disguised herself as a man for 43 years in order to make a living for her daughter after the death of her husband was honored Tuesday by the government as the “ideal mother” of Luxor governorate.

Mar 18 10:08

New York county sheriff must give up stingray records, judge orders

According to a judicial ruling issued Tuesday, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) in Northwestern New York state must turn over a number of documents concerning its purchase and use of stingrays. The 24-page order comes as the result of a lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and marks a rare victory in favor of transparency of "cell-site simulators," which are often shrouded in secrecy.

Mar 18 09:44

NYPD won’t punish cops for sanitizing Wikipedia police brutality entries

The New York Police Department has identified two officers who used agency computers to sanitize Wikipedia entries about incidents of police brutality.

Mar 18 09:43

NEA Teachers Union Helps Fund “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS” Sign

Attendees at an anti-police protest in Wisconsin funded heavily by the National Education Association — America’s largest teachers union — unfurled a banner declaring “ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS.”

Mar 18 09:35

The Careers That Put You At The Highest Risk For Suicide

There’s a lesser-known occupational hazard associated with certain jobs, according to a new study published in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine: suicide.

Mar 18 09:35

Obama says ISIS is a direct consequence of our 2003 invasion: "Which is why America should aim before it shoots"

In an Interview with Vice News , President Obama Said the rise of Islamic State (IS, Also Known as ISIS / ISIL) CAN be Directly linked to America's Excursion into Iraq Under Bush.

Mar 18 09:15

With Putin Back, Trail of Mainstream Media Hysteria Remains

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Vladmir Putin has been found or, more accurately, Vladmir Putin has reappeared putting an end to all the ridiculous rumors surrounding his nine-day absence from public view. While having canceled only one public meeting and otherwise remaining on schedule, the Western media went into overdrive to convince someone – (whether Russian or American it is not fully clear) – that Putin had been ousted, killed, or otherwise “neutralized.”

Most likely, the Western press was attempting to capitalize on the nine-day absence by Putin in order to sow seeds of destabilization in Russian society and to decrease whatever faith in their governmental system that Russians may have...

Mar 18 09:06

World War II myths fuel Western crimes

Freshman US Senator Tom Cotton already has two claims to fame. First he wrote a letter to Iran in an effort to sabotage his own President’s diplomatic efforts and start a war. And then he set an all-time record by invoking Hitler in less than one minute during his first Senate speech.

Sen. Cotton thus stands condemned under Godwin’s Law, which states that whoever mentions Hitler first automatically loses the debate. “Playing the Hitler card” is widely reviled. Yet people like Cotton cannot resist the temptation.

Why has the demonization of Hitler—and of anybody one wants to demonize through comparisons to Hitler—become such a massively overused, utterly shopworn cliché?

Mar 18 08:30

US Warns Allies Not to Join China-led Development Bank

Eric Blair
Activist Post

How do you know a dollar collapse is coming? Because the rest of the world is preparing for it.

Western allies are flocking to join the new China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), while the United States and World Bank sit on the sidelines and lecture them about "appropriate" financial governance...

Mar 18 08:11

Netanyahu Wins by Stephen Lendman

snip: Believing otherwise is foolhardy. Israel's 20% Arab population is powerless, persecuted, and denied rights afforded solely to Jews. Election results changed nothing.

Israel is like America. Democracy is pure fantasy. Not a dime's worth of difference separates major parties on issues mattering most.

Voter choices are largely bad or worse. For Israeli Arab citizens and most Jews, Netanyahu or Herzog makes no difference.

Election results changed nothing. Government headed by either leader assures ugly business as usual.

Both and likely coalition partners support:
apartheid worse than South Africa's;
militarized occupation harshness;
settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land;
war, not peace;
Arabs denied virtually all rights afforded Jews; and
continuation of decades if institutionalized racism.

Mar 18 08:07

Tunisia terror attack: at least 11 dead after gunmen storm museum - live

The Tunisian prime minister, Habib Essid, says 19 people were killed, including 17 tourists from Italy, Germany and Spain.

Another 22 tourists were injured and another two Tunisian men.

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And the "discovery" that ISIS is behind this attack will be announced in five ... four ... three ... two ...

Mar 18 07:39

Hidden in the fine print

Who will benefit from it? One provision hidden in the fine print – “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” – may sound harmless, but don’t let that fool you: ISDS could let foreign companies challenge US laws without ever stepping in an American court.

Mar 18 07:27

CHARGES DROPPED FOR MEN FACING LIFE IN PRISON FOR RAP LYRICS AND FB POSTS

All charges were dismissed by San Diego Superior Court Judge Louis R. Mahoian in the cases of Rapper Brandon Duncan, known by his stage name of “tiny Doo,” and Aaron Harvey. At the end of the day, they were free to go. That said, this case is not over for the other defendants, who were also charged with more serious offenses, though many of counts based on the 182.5 California Criminal Code were also dismissed.

Mar 18 07:21

State Dept.: ‘No record’ of signed document from Hillary Clinton affirming records turned over

The State Department said Tuesday that former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton never signed the document affirming that she turned in all classified information when she left in 2013, as the legal jeopardy to the Obama administration continued to grow over her treatment of emails.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, the Ohio Republican overseeing several congressional investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, said an independent third party needs to take control of her email server in order to clear up remaining questions.

Mar 18 07:03

Gunmen storm popular Tunisian museum, at least eight killed

Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen stormed a popular museum near Tunisia's parliament Wednesday afternoon, killing at least eight people and taking hostages. Security forces say they have two gunmen surrounded inside the Bardo Museum which adjoins the parliament.

Gunfire rang out Wednesday in the capital of Tunis after gunmen attacked a tour group near the parliamentary compound. Initial reports say seven of the killed were foreign visitors.

Mar 18 06:46

BE AWARE - 'NON LETHAL' "Blunt Impact" Family of 40mm Grenade launcher munitions

The BIP is an effective non-lethal ammunition solution

Mar 18 06:27

Marijuana convictions to be erased in Connecticut

“It’s a topic multiple states will have to be facing,” said Aaron Romano, Menditto’s attorney

Mar 18 03:29

Boston: Chill Returns

Boston: Chill Returns, to Stick Around Past Start of Spring

(*There's still a good portion of snow on the ground . The temperature is unseasonably cold . St. Patrick's day is all about the color Green , and I personally associated that with 'Grass' being on display , and in full view , and Spring being just around the corner .
Not so much , this year .)

Mar 18 02:08

Protest At European Central Bank headquarters

Police say 10,000 expected at anti-austerity protest at European Central Bank headquarters

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Police in Frankfurt, Germany, have put up barricades and barbed wire around the headquarters of the European Central Bank as they brace for demonstrations against government austerity and capitalism.

The Blockupy alliance says activists plan to try to blockade the new headquarters of the ECB ahead of a ceremony Wednesday inaugurating the building, and to disrupt what they term capitalist business as usual.

Mar 18 01:47

Lufthansa pilot union’s strike affects some 750 flights

BERLIN — Hundreds of flights have been canceled in a strike by Lufthansa pilots at the German airline’s short- and medium-haul operations — the latest in a string of walkouts.

Around 80,000 passengers are affected by the strike Wednesday that grounded some 750 flights, most of them domestic or within Europe.

The Vereinigung Cockpit union announced that it would extend its strikes to long-distance flights on Thursday.

Mar 17 20:05

Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (5 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections:

Instructions (1 of 7)
Contextual orientation: seeing the past as clearly as possible (2 of 7)
Money and bank credit (3 of 7)
Fractional reserve banking (4 of 7)
Debt (public, private) and money supply (5 of 7)
Historical struggle between government-issued money and private bank-issued credit (6 of 7)
Cost-benefit analysis for monetary reform in your world of the present (7 of 7)
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4. Debt (public, private) and money supply

Mar 17 18:31

“No secret instructions” from Obama to FCC, Wheeler tells Congress Obama influenced net neutrality decision, but so did 4 million public comments.

With congressional Republicans accusing the White House of improperly influencing the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality decision, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is appearing before a House committee this morning to defend the process.

Mar 17 18:31

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

Mar 17 18:27

Syria Shoots Down U.S. Drone Over Latakia

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

On March 17, 2015, the Syrian military apparently shot down a U.S. Predator Drone drove over the Northwestern city of Latakia in Syria.

The United States has confirmed that it lost contact with a drone but has stated that it was unclear whether or not the drone had been shot down.

Syrian state media has described the drone as “hostile” but has not given any further details...

Mar 17 16:32

UN Security Council: ISIS replacing Taliban in Afghanistan

The UN envoy to Afghanistan acknowledged that the IS could potentially unite minor Islamist groups in the country under a new command

Mar 17 16:31

World’s greatest pyramid scheme: How banks plot to seize your property and life

The bank begins the pyramid scheme by taking your deposit (which you might think goes into the vault) and they loan most of it out. In fact, generally, with some variation, for every $1 dollar that you deposit, the bank will loan out approximately $10. In other words, the bank uses your deposits to loan out more (way more) than they have in reserves in order to make big profits. This is ‘Fractional Reserve Banking.’ The banks only keep a fraction of the overall money on hand.

Mar 17 16:09

Amputee actor apparently landed a government gig at the Boston Marathon bombing government / media event

https://nathanbickel.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/bostonmarathonbombing...
Please note that the Red arrows (in the above and following pic) show the Code word’s initials, “BK,” – “Below Knee.” The red arrow shows that the amputation from the accident, years ago, was ‘below the knee;’ thus aiding in identifying (Boston Marathon’s) Heather Abbott, as the same person who was seeking Hollywood employment, as reference in the above pic.
https://nathanbickel.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/bostonmarathonbombing...

Mar 17 15:33

White House exempts itself from freedom of information act requests

Notwithstanding claims of being the most transparent administration ever, the White House now says that an executive branch office is exempt from United States Freedom of Information Act requests effective immediately.

Mar 17 15:32

Watertown Shootout Detailed In Boston Bombing Trial

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Earlier that day, shortly after midnight, one officer spotted a carjacked Mercedes SUV on a quiet residential street. That set off a frenzied clash in which Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan, hurled explosives at police, including two pipe bombs and one pressure-cooker bomb
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“All I could see was muzzle flashes,” he said. “I couldn’t count it. It was nonstop.”
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He saw a wick and a lighter and then watched as an object flew through the air, landed in the street and exploded, he said, shaking him to his knees.
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Tamerlan saw him and came charging up the street, firing at him
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“The black SUV, it was right in my face,” he said. “I looked down, and I saw the front wheels were over Tamerlan.”

(*Sneak Peek of what's sure to be the most anticipated "Mini Series" , in television history .
)

Mar 17 15:25

Putin May Be Back, But These #WhereIsPutin Tweets Are Still Hilarious

I can’t decide which one is my favorite, the rainbow unicorn or the militarized hummingbird?

Mar 17 15:21

Bibi declares victory

Netanyahu Comes From Behind to Win - Breitbart

Mar 17 15:11

Russia’s Remarkable Renaissance

Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed.

Mar 17 14:54

San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay with Cancer-Causing Chemical

The City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District filed suit against chemical giant Monsanto Monday for polluting the city’s bay and tidelands.

Mar 17 14:52

This Cop’s Department said he “Acted Admirably” When he Strangled Non-Violent Handcuffed Woman

“Shut the f**k up!” yells the Seargent as he attempts to strangle a handcuffed woman into silence.

Mar 17 14:49

This Cop’s Department said he “Acted Admirably” When he Strangled Non-Violent Handcuffed Woman

“Shut the f**k up!” yells the Seargent as he attempts to strangle a handcuffed woman into silence.

Mar 17 14:42

It's Official: Americans R Stupid

As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our education system is an abysmal failure, and our young people spend most of their free time staring at the television, their computers or their mobile devices. And until we are honest with ourselves about this, our intellectual decline is going to get even worse.

Mar 17 14:38

Our Lawless Government – Hillary Edition

Hillary keeps emphasizing she broke no laws... NOT THE POINT. Hillary has admitted to intentionally destroying many of the emails on that server — some 30,000 of them, to put not to fine a point on it. Who trusts anything this woman says???

Mar 17 14:32

TENS OF THOUSANDS Attend Anti-Netanyahu Rally in Tel Aviv, Israel

Not just thousands, but tens of thousands of Israelis gathered at a Tel Aviv square under the banner “Israel wants change” and calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be replaced.

Mar 17 14:06

SYRIA SHOOTS DOWN US DRONE: STATE MEDIA

'Syrian air defense systems shot down U.S. UAV north of Lattakia Province,' says state-run Syrian Arab News Agency ?Syrian forces have allegedly shot down a U.S. drone in the country, according to reports from the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency on Tuesday.

Mar 17 14:04

State Department Has ‘No Record’ Of Clinton Signing Separation Statement

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the agency is “fairly certain” that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not sign a separation statement upon her departure from Foggy Bottom.

Mar 17 14:03

Another Media Psyop? The Ancient Statues ISIS Supposedly Destroyed Were All FAKE

The whole story, complete with dramatic video, was about replicas…

That didn’t stop another wash of mainstream media attention given to the idea that ISIS the almighty and powerful was tromping the countryside, destroying precious, ancient, irreplaceable 2700-year-old artifacts and robbing the world of them forever.

Mar 17 13:58

FCC NET NEUTRALITY DOCS HAVE 46 REFERENCES TO A GROUP FUNDED BY BILLIONAIRE GEORGE SOROS AND CO-FOUNDED BY A NEO-MARXIST

The FCC released the 400-page document on Thursday, two weeks after it passed new regulations, which many fear will turn the internet into a public commodity and thereby stifle innovation.

Mar 17 13:44

The Sting: How the FBI Created a Terrorist

The government could not provide any evidence that he had connections to international terrorists. He didn’t have his own weapons. He didn’t even have enough money to replace the dead battery in his beat-up, green 1994 Honda Accord. -- Osmakac was the target of an elaborately orchestrated FBI sting that involved a paid informant, as well as FBI agents and support staff working on the setup for more than three months.

Mar 17 13:35

DHS: Obama Amnesty May Require 3,100 New Bureaucrats, $484 Million a Year

If President Barack Obama’s immigration plan gets past a federal court injunction, and if 60 percent of illegals apply for deferred action protection under the plan, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency projects that it may have to hire an additional 3,100 employees, with a total program cost of up to $484 million a year.

Mar 17 13:29

Lawmakers Say TPP Meetings Classified To Keep Americans in the Dark

Democratic lawmaker says tightly-controlled briefings on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal are aimed at keeping US constituents ignorant about what's at stake.

Mar 17 13:27

Mandatory Vaccine Bills Fail In 2 States

Legislation in Oregon and Washington state that would have made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children failed last week in the wake of the recent measles outbreak that began in nearby California.

Mar 17 13:18

LAPD Officer Arrested at US-Mexico Border for Alleged Smuggling

During secondary inspection, officers say they discovered a 26-year-old man hidden in the trunk. The man was a Mexican citizen with no legal ability to enter the United States, according to a CBP news release.

Mar 17 13:11

Criminal Violence as Political Theater: Standard Operating Procedure for the FBI

Lone Wolf was the same gun shop that was bullied by the ATF into participating in the notorious “Fast and Furious” operation, through which firearms were illegally provided to agents of Mexican drug cartels. That initiative was inspired by the cynical calculation that an engineered increase in “gun-related violence” would create political pressure to impose new restrictions on firearms ownership.

Mar 17 13:02

Self-proclaimed republics don't recognize amendments to law on Donbas special status — DPR

The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) do not recognize amendments to the law on Donbas special status that have not been coordinated with them, DPR envoy to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin said on Tuesday.

Mar 17 12:58

Improper Medicare-Medicaid Payments Up 20%; $77.4B in FY14

Lawless government overrun with incompetence -- Medicare and Medicaid made a combined $77.4 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2014, a 20.4 percent increase from fiscal 2013, according to data published by the Government Accountability Office and the federal paymentaccuracy.gov website.

Mar 17 12:53

U.S. home construction plunges 17% in February

Construction of new homes plummeted in February, as fierce winter weather froze housing starts in the Northeast and Midwest.

Mar 17 12:34

NEW YORK CITY INSTALLS 'ELECTRONIC EARS' IN MAJOR AREAS

Less than three months into 2015, 184 people have been shot in New York City. To combat this statistic, the city is looking toward a novel solution: gunfire detection systems. But the high cost of installing mics – and the potential for government eavesdropping – leave many wondering if it’s worth it. It’s called ShotSpotter, a large tracking system which detects gunfire and then triangulates the position of the sound. Acoustic sensors are placed in strategic areas, mostly along rooftops or atop telephone poles. Once installed, the sensors pick up street noise and listen for gunshots.

Mar 17 12:23

IMF BREAKS ITS OWN RULES WITH LOAN TO WAR-MONGERING UKRAINE

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed on a scheme of war financing for Ukraine. For the first time, according to Fund sources, the IMF is not only violating its loan repayment conditions, but also the purposes and safeguards of the IMF’s original charter. IMF lending is barred for a member state in civil war or at war with another member state, or for military purposes, according to Article I of the Fund’s 1944-45 Articles of Agreement. This provides “confidence to members by making the general resources of the Fund temporarily available to them under adequate safeguards, thus providing them with opportunity to correct maladjustments in their balance of payments without resorting to measures destructive of national or international prosperity.”

Mar 17 12:22

FUKUSHIMA RADIATION FOUND IN SAMPLE OF GREEN TEA FROM JAPAN

Four years after the multiple explosions and melt-downs at Fukushima, it seems the scary stories have only just begun to surface. Given that Japan’s authoritarian regime of Shinzo Abe has cracked down on the information flow from Fukushima with a repressive state secrets act, we cannot know for certain what’s happening at the site.

Mar 17 12:08

NYPD WON’T PUNISH COPS FOR SANITIZING WIKIPEDIA POLICE BRUTALITY ENTRIES

The New York Police Department has identified two officers who used agency computers to sanitize Wikipedia entries about incidents of police brutality. "Two officers, who have been identified, were using department equipment to access Wikipedia and make entries," NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton said. "I don’t anticipate any punishment, quite frankly."

Mar 17 12:06

TOWARDS THE END OF THE U.S. DOMINATED INTERNATIONAL MONEY SYSTEM

Welcome to the end of Brenton Woods and the Washington Consensus that defined the world money systems around U.S. controlled institutions and the U.S. dollar as the sole reserve currency.

Mar 17 11:28

USA Today: "The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office."

The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.

Mar 17 11:28

Saudi woman sentenced to 70 lashes for insulting man on Whatsapp

A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday sentenced a woman to 70 lashes and a fine of 20,000 Saudi Riyals (SR) for insulting a man on instant-messaging application WhatsApp, said a report published on Gulf News.

Mar 17 11:21

Gallup: U.S. Population Highly Militaristic

In early 2014 there were unusual news stories about Gallup’s end-of-2013 polling because after polling in 65 countries with the question “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” the overwhelming winner had been the United States of America.

Had Gallup then conducted a poll on whether Gallup would ever ask that question again, I’m willing to bet large numbers would have said no. And thus far they would have been right. But Gallup managed to ask some other good questions, almost certainly by accident as well, in its end-of-2014 polling, revealing something else about the United States and militarism.

Curiously, Gallup’s end-of-2014 polling managed to ask a lot more questions — 32 instead of 6 and even squeezed in one on whether people wash their hands after using the bathroom — so the threat-to-peace question wasn’t dropped for lack of space.

Mar 17 11:13

France at war with alternative medias

They were thousands of people marching all over France for Freedom of Speech, chanting JE SUIS CHARLIE, after the killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. No surprise there. Arguing in France is a national sport, the French just love to discuss the pros and cons of such and such ideas and to defend their point of view in discussions that can last forever. However, some had doubts about the political exploitation of such a massive rally. It looks like they were right.

First, there was a political and mediatic outcry against whoever considered to be an anti-Charlie. That led to a string of arrests on the vague charge of “defending terrorism”.

But that was just the beginning. What we are seeing now, is the start of a smear campaign to denounce all “conspirationists” who dare to disagree with the official policy of the French government.

It started when president Hollande has assimilated what he calls “conspiracy theories“ to Nazism and called to prevent their dissemination on the Internet and social networks.

Mar 17 10:58

Chuck Norris says: 'Vote for Netanyahu to save US from evil forces'

Calling for a "strong leader," the actor said if the country fails to re-elect the prime minister... "evil forces can concentrate on America."

Mar 17 10:58

Mom Arrested After Asking Police to Talk to Young Son About Stealing: Suit

A Bronxmom of two who called 911 to ask police to come talk to her young son about why stealing is bad was wrongfully arrested and told by an NYPD officer “you black b----es don’t know how to take care of your kids,” a new lawsuit charges.

Mar 17 10:57

Strip-searched girl can't return to her school, Quebec judge rules . In the strip search, the girl was asked to remove all her clothing, including her underwear. No drugs were found.

A 15-year-old girl who was strip-searched at Neufchatel High School in Quebec City in February must attend another school after a judge ruled against her challenge of the suspension.

Mar 17 10:48

Biodiversity or GMOs: Will The Future of Nutrition Be in Women's Hands or Under Corporate Control?

Women have been the primary growers of food and nutrition throughout history, but today, food is being taken out of our hands and substituted for toxic commodities controlled by global corporations. Monoculture industrial farming has taken the quality, taste and nutrition out of our food. As a result, India is facing a nutritional crisis: every fourth Indian goes hungry, and in 2011 alone, diabetes took the lives of 1 million Indians.

Now, the same companies who created the crisis are promising a miracle solution: GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Genetically engineered Golden Rice and GMO Bananas are being falsely promoted by corporations hiding behind the cloak of academia as a solution to hunger and malnutrition in the Global South. Indigenous biodiverse varieties of food grown by women provide far more nutrition than the commodities produced by industrial agriculture. Golden Rice is 350% less efficient in providing vitamin A than the biodiversity alternatives that women grow. GMO ‘iron-rich’ Bananas have 3 000% less iron than turmeric and 2 000 % less iron than amchur (mango powder). Apart from being nutritionally empty, GMOs are part of an industrial system of agriculture that is destroying the planet, depleting our water sources, increasing greenhouse gases, and driving farmers into debt and suicide through a greater dependence on chemical inputs. Moreover, these corporate-led industrial monocultures are destroying biodiversity, and we are losing access to the food systems that have sustained us for millennia. When we consider the number of patents involved in these initiatives, it becomes all too clear that the only beneficiaries of these supposedly ‘people-led’ ventures are large companies operating for profit, not for people.

Mar 17 10:36

Private Company Suspected of Dumping Biohazards Into Oklahoma River. Hundreds of used syringes and blood vials in biohazard containers ended up in the Arkansas River after a private company was hired to dispose of them, investigators said.

Hundreds of used syringes and vials of blood were found in the Arkansas River on Saturday.
Taylor Smyth says he takes his kids to the river almost every weekend, but after coming across the needles in the same spot that his kids build sand castles, that might change.

Mar 17 10:36

Police say naked man standing in doorway is not breaking law; neighbors are fed up

It was only January when Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.
What we’re seeing is not just a bit of sputtering before the GOP machine cranks up and begins to systematically fulfill its governing plan. There is no plan. Republican majorities in both the House and Senate are so out of control that they’ve managed a feat once thought impossible: They make the Democratic Party look like a model of unity and discipline.

Mar 17 10:24

School Kicks Gifted 11-Yr-Old Student out for Having Marijuana... That Just Turned out to Be an Ordinary Leaf

These are the people in charge of public education and our criminal justice system, America.

People who will completely ruin a child, screw up his life, and overreact to the point that it makes soap operas look like CSPAN on a Tuesday and all because they can’t bother to tell the difference between a smoke-able illegal substance and a normal ass leaf.

I don’t even know what else to say. This is the dumbest story I have read all year, perhaps even more ignorant than that time the school suspended the kid for “making a terroristic threat” by declaring he was going to make another kid disappear with his magical one ring from The Hobbit movie.

I actually feel dumber for having read it, for it thus lodging into a crack somewhere in my grey brain matter and possibly staying there forever like the Three’s Company theme song.

Thanks a lot, Bedford County public schools for making me stupid, too.

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Mar 17 10:24

Goats Fed GM Soybean Produce Abnormal Milk, Reduces Weight of Off-Spring

A new study finds that feeding goats the genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant soybean MON4-3-2 changes the composition of colostrum, the nutrient-rich first milk produced during pregnancy. Colostrum is ordinarily packed with proteins, vitamins as well as antibodies to protect the new-born against disease. Offspring from conventional and GM-fed mothers weigh the same at birth but those from GM-fed mothers weigh significantly less 30 days after birth. The researchers also discovered transgenic DNA in the milk of mothers fed the GM diet.

The work, published in Small Ruminant Research, led by Professor Lombardi at the University of Naples, Italy [1] should be seen in the light of recent discoveries of glyphosate herbicide in US mother’s breast milk at concentrations up to 1 600 times the legal limit allowed for single pesticides in EU drinking water [2]. The findings have important health implications, with the colostrum playing a well-known role in the short-term health and survival of both ruminant and human neonates. In addition to providing nutrients, antibodies present in colostrum are essential for the passive transfer of immunity to the offspring within the first 12-24 hours of life.......

Mar 17 10:17

Coca-Cola has been paying fitness and nutrition experts to suggest its cola as a "healthy treat"

If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print.
The world's biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

Mar 17 10:16

Gay couple won't leave $15 to $18 million dollar estate to University of Alabama because of state's war on same-sex marriage

For most of more than four decades as a couple, Elliott Mitchell and Clark West have lived quietly, building careers and sharing a deep love for their alma mater, the University of Alabama.
Mitchell, 65, and West, 60, met at UA in 1972 and have been together since. Married in Hawaii in 2013, they live in Sarasota, Fla.
"We've spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat," West said.

Mar 17 10:07

Banks Say “Thanks for the Bailout,” Now We’ll Park our Profits in Overseas Tax Havens

Giant financial institutions that benefitted from federal bailouts during the depths of the recession have repaid the American people’s largesse by hiding profits overseas to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

Mar 17 10:06

Under Obamacare, America’s uninsured rate has fallen 35 percent

14.1 million Americans have gained health plans since Obamacare's coverage expansion began in 2014.
An additional 2.3 million young adults gained coverage between 2010 and 2013 — after Obamacare began requiring employer plans to offer dependent coverage through age 26.

Mar 17 09:36

A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement:To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about technology

Any disclosure about the technology, which tracks cellphones and is often called StingRay, could allow criminals and terrorists to circumvent it, the F.B.I. has said in an affidavit. But the tool is adopted in such secrecy that communities are not always sure what they are buying or whether the technology could raise serious privacy concerns.

Mar 17 09:35

Portland man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI informant

When Yonas Fikre stepped off a luxury private jet at Portland airport last month, the only passenger on a $200,000 flight from Sweden, he braced for the worst.

Mar 17 09:29

Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack.

Mar 17 09:16

Reader photos from protests in Brazil

Mar 17 09:12

ITALY, SPAIN TO FOLLOW IF GREECE EXITS EUROZONE, SAYS GREEK DEFENSE MINISTER

Panos Kammenos, Greece’s defense minister, spoke to German newspaper “Bild” on Saturday, saying his country’s leaving the euro could precede an exit by Italy and Spain, followed by Germany in the future. “If Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. We therefore need to find a way within the eurozone, but this way cannot be that the Greeks keep on having to pay,” Kammenos told Bild.

Mar 17 09:06

MAJOR AMERICAN ALLIES IGNORE U.S. PLEAS AND JOIN CHINA’S ALTERNATIVE BANK

he Financial Times now reports that France, Germany and Italy have all agreed to join the China-led international development bank as well, “delivering a blow to US efforts to keep leading western countries out of the new institution.” This week, 2 major U.S. allies – 2 of the “Five Eyes” – have disregarded American pleas and joined China’s new development bank … alternative to the US-dominated IMF and World Bank lending order. (A third member of the Five Eyes – New Zealand – previously signed onto the Chinese bank.)

Mar 17 08:46

Bill to Pull Plug On NSA Introduced in Texas

Activist Post

Legislation would Turn Off Water and Electric to San Antonio Facility

A Texas legislator introduced a bill that would stop the independent Texas power grid from being used to power mass, warrantless surveillance by the NSA last week...

Mar 17 08:14

Forget Dress Colors - Police Department Nitpicks Over Entitled Cop in Handicap Parking Spot

Completely missing the point, of course...

An able-bodied officer allegedly takes a handicap parking spot - which would be illegal to mere citizenry. Or did he? It's a turn of the screw... or for modern tastes it's - and I say this sarcastically - an issue of black and blue or white and gold. Whichever way the dress blows...

It might not seem like a big deal at all until you catch wind of the roots of the officer's attitude when a citizen points out that he's illegally parked in a handicap parking spot.

Mar 17 08:05

Spam Filtering Service had access to Clinton Classified Emails

Not often do we break news on Dvorak News but today we do. Hillary Clinton used a spam filtering service MxLogic to filter her spam and viruses. What this means is – employees at MxLogic, now owned by McAfee – had full access to all her classified state department email in unencrypted form.

Here’s the MX records for clintonemail.com.

clintonemail.com. 7200 IN MX 10 clintonemail.com.inbound10.mxlogicmx.net.
clintonemail.com. 7200 IN MX 10 clintonemail.com.inbound10.mxlogic.net.

Mar 17 07:19

Boy Suspended for Year and Prosecuted for Bringing A Leaf to School

Carey Wedler
Activist Post

An 11-year-old boy has endured relentless attacks from the government for bringing a leaf to school that tested negative for marijuana.

Nevertheless, he was suspended from school for a 364 days and charged with possession of marijuana – even after it was proven on multiple occasions that the plant was not weed...

Mar 17 03:20

The Origin of the ‘New Cold War’

The ‘new Cold War,’ against Russia, is something of a misnomer, because it differs from the original version, against the U.S.S.R., in that it’s already a hot war, which started in Ukraine as being the key proxy-state for the American Government’s chief foreign-policy aim, of defeating Russia; and it’s a war that is very bloody, and widely lied-about in both the U.S. and Europe, but that is discussed in Russia as if it were somehow the result of mere errors by Western powers, when in fact all of the Western leaders knew from the get-go that this was intended to be a lynching of Russia by Uncle Sam, and when the EU have been going along with this aim because the U.S. aristocracy supposedly have the interests of European aristocrats in mind and not only their own: it’s ‘the Western Alliance,’ after all.

Mar 17 03:07

Ukraine cops get ‘shoot-to-kill orders’ amid unrest over army hit & run killing of 8 year old

Police have reportedly been allowed to use live rounds as tensions flare in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka, where an eight-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident by a Ukrainian forces’ armored vehicle.

Mar 17 00:41

King5 Follow Up on Safeguard/LPS Unlawful Foreclosure with Attorney Ha Dao on RCW 7.28.230(1).

Monday, March 16, 2015

KingCast and Mortgage Movies King5 Follow Up on Safeguard/LPS Unlawful Foreclosure with Attorney Ha Dao on RCW 7.28.230(1).

Life is good for Safeguard... because they are friends with the Bush family.
Just do your due diligence you'll find it.

Here is the King5 feature story from March 3, 2015

"It's a tricky business accessing property that the bank doesn't truly own, and Beal says the industry known as "property preservation" has plenty of faults. "The pressures are pretty intense," said Beal. A KING 5 Investigation shows that those pressures may be one reason behind numerous complaints filed with attorneys, housing assistance groups, and the Washington Attorney General's Office. Typically, a homeowner complains that they have not abandoned the home, yet but have been locked out or found their personal property is missing."

Says Attorney Dao:

Mar 16 23:40

Bibi and 47 Senators Strike Dark Discordant Note

Newly-elected Senator Cotton and neocon leader Bill Kristol are now doing the work of AIPAC, and their pro-Israel, anti-Iran funders are standing with a foreign leader on a foreign policy issue against their own president.

It could be Netanyahu again, even if he runs second in the final results. If the Herzog-Livni coalition is successful, they have already announced that they will rotate the office of Prime Minister.

Whatever the final outcome, AIPAC will be standing by, awaiting its marching orders.

Mar 16 21:12

Los Angeles police officer charged with smuggling man into U.S. from Mexico

A 10-year Los Angeles police department veteran who was arrested at the U.S. border in San Diego with a Mexican man lacking immigration documentation was arraigned on smuggling charges in federal court on Monday.
Los Angeles Police Department officer Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, and Angelica Godinez, 31, pleaded not guilty to one count each of smuggling in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, court documents showed. Bail was set for Quezada at $20,000.

Mar 16 19:54

The FBI’s Big Plan To Expand Its Hacking Powers

Technology giant Google has warned that a rule change represents a 'monumental' constitutional concern. A judicial advisory panel Monday quietly approved a rule change that will broaden the FBI’s hacking authority despite fears raised by Google that the amended language represents a “monumental” constitutional concern.

Mar 16 19:42

American diplomat freed after DR Congo arrest

An American diplomat and five journalists arrested alongside activists in Democratic Republic of Congo have been released, but the African activists remain in custody on suspicion of planning to destabilise the country, officials said on Monday.

Mar 16 19:39

Second NY man charged with pointing laser at aircraft

A second New York man in a week was arrested and charged Monday with pointing a laser at aircraft near the city`s busy LaGuardia airport, prosecutors said.
Elehecer Balaguer, 54, appeared before a Manhattan magistrate and was charged with one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Mar 16 18:18

It Is National Freedom of Information Day, so the Spite House Did This

Get ready for a heavy dose of irony, or...something like that.

In honor of Sunshine Week and National Freedom of Information Day - and in keeping with Obama's repetitive transparency proclamations - today the White House made a BIG announcement...

The White House Office of Administration on Monday announced it is deleting regulations subjecting it to the Freedom of Information Act...

Mar 16 17:57

Debt-damned economics: either learn monetary reform, or kiss your assets goodbye (4 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is my high school teaching assignment for Advanced Placement Macroeconomics students (available as extra credit for other classes) on how money is created. I offer this for non-profit use; divided into seven sections:

Instructions (1 of 7)
Contextual orientation: seeing the past as clearly as possible (2 of 7)
Money and bank credit (3 of 7)
Fractional reserve banking (4 of 7)
Debt (public, private) and money supply (5 of 7)
Historical struggle between government-issued money and private bank-issued credit (6 of 7)
Cost-benefit analysis for monetary reform in your world of the present (7 of 7)
**

3. Fractional reserve banking

Mar 16 17:20

U.S. Senator Wants To Stop Iran From Taking Tehran!

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

On Sunday, March 15 the author of the ridiculous and possibly treasonous letter regarding the potential agreement on a nuclear program between the P5 + 1 countries and Iran recently took to the airwaves to brazenly defend his position and his actions...

Mar 16 17:11

10 frightening facts about Tom Cotton

Mar 16 15:08

Pentagon Budget May Include $1Bln in Lethal Aid to Ukraine – Congressman

A proposed piece of legislation providing $1 billion in lethal defensive aid to Ukraine may be incorporated into the 2016 Pentagon budget, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said at a press briefing on Monday.

Mar 16 14:42

Kiev uses idea of peacekeepers to divert attention from implementation of Minsk agreements

According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Karasin, peacekeepers is an absolutely different subject invented to divert attention from implementation Kiev's liabilities under the Minsk agreements.

Mar 16 14:35

THE STING: HOW THE FBI CREATED A TERRORIST

Informant-led sting operations are central to the FBI’s counterterrorism program. Of 508 defendants prosecuted in federal terrorism-related cases in the decade after 9/11, 243 were involved with an FBI informant, while 158 were the targets of sting operations. Of those cases, an informant or FBI undercover operative led 49 defendants in their terrorism plots, similar to the way Osmakac was led in his.

Mar 16 14:27

ON EVE OF ELECTION, NETANYAHU PROMISES NO PALESTINIAN STATE IF RE-ELECTED

On the eve of national elections in Israel, politically-embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that if he and his Likud Party were returned to power for another term he would make sure that an independent Palestinian state would not come into being. The comments come as a reversal of official Israeli government policy which, like the U.S. government, states that a two-state solution is the preferred outcome for the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Mar 16 14:27

Obama’s War in the Western Hemisphere and Venezuela’s National Liberation Struggle

Why did Obama declare a ‘national emergency’, claim that Venezuela represents a threat to US national security and foreign policy, assume executive prerogatives and decree sanctions against top Venezuelan officials in charge of national security, at this time?

Mar 16 14:17

Slovakia Opposes Immediate Extension of Anti-Russian Sanctions

Slovakia opposes an immediate extension of economic sanctions against Russia, Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak told reporters after the meeting of EU foreign ministers, replying to the question of when economic sanctions against Russia should be extended.

Mar 16 14:12

Ukrainian President: Enormous IMF Loan Won’t Help Ordinary Ukrainians

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has admitted that a new $17.5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and its associated austerity measures will not improve the lives of ordinary Ukrainians—but will help pay foreign creditors and fund the country’s ongoing civil war.

Mar 16 13:59

A Neocon Admits the Plan to Bomb Iran

The neocon Washington Post, which wants to kill the talks aimed at constraining Iran’s nuclear program, allowed a contrary opinion of sorts onto its pages – a neocon who also wants to collapse the talks but is honest enough to say that the follow-up will be a U.S. war on Iran.

Mar 16 13:45

CIA WORKED WITH DOJ TO RE-PURPOSE FOREIGN SURVEILLANCE AIRBORNE CELL TOWER SPOOFERS FOR DOMESTIC USE

The CIA's recent rebranding as Valhalla for US cyberwarriors notwithstanding, the agency's general focus has been intelligence gathering on foreign governments, corporations and people. That it has often mistaken "torturing people into saying whatever they can to make it stop" for "intelligence gathering" isn't necessarily germane to the following discussion, but it's worth noting that the CIA is almost single-handedly responsible for destroying the term "extraordinary rendition" -- a formerly innocuous (and complimentary) term previously used to highlight something like, say, Johnny Cash's amazing cover of Soundgarden's' "Rusty Cage." (That Cash's two best covers are "Hurt" and "Rusty Cage" is not germane to the discussion of CIA torture programs, but what a coincidence!)

Mar 16 13:02

Greek exit mooted by German finance minister

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Friday a disorderly Greek exit from the eurozone could not be excluded if Athens fails to reach a deal with its international creditors.

Mar 16 12:59

Merkel’s Uber-Hypocrisy to Japan over War Past… and Present

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reprimand last week to Japanese leaders to «face up to their wartime past» had an ironic twist that went scarcely noticed. The irony is that it is the German leader who actually stands accused of not facing up to her country’s wartime past. More sinisterly, her historical denial is manifested in actual present-day war-making in Ukraine, and it is furthering a dynamic that could lead to an all-out war with Russia because of baseless Western demonisation of Moscow. A demonisation that Merkel’s Germany is playing no small role in.

Mar 16 12:54

Did Ferguson PD Just Arrest the Wrong Guy?

When two officers with the Ferguson Police Department were shot last week, it was safe to assume that they would eventually get their man, even if it wasn’t really “their man.” For the most part, whenever the life of an authority figure is attempted in such a public way (especially if that attempt was successful), the police will always find someone to arrest. They have to.

They must always maintain the illusion that they have everything under control and that nobody can get away with such a crime. Nothing indicates a lack of control, quite like having a police officer ambushed and shot, so somebody has to pay no matter what.

Mar 16 11:37

Toy Guns in America: The 1950s Versus Today (Video)

Check out this old toy gun commercial from the 1950s or '60s and compare it to how children who play with toy guns (or even their own food or fingers fashioned like a gun) are treated today.

Do you think kids today are going to want to uphold their 2nd Amendment rights after they are terrorized and suspended or expelled by their schools for chewing a breakfast tart into an L-shape or being forced at age five to undergo a psych eval for bringing a Hello Kitty bubble gun to class? Even little kids playing with finger guns are considered a serious threat today.

Mar 16 10:55

VIDEO: Cop Shoots 8th Grade Child With Taser Gun for “Being Disruptive”

POWHATAN COUNTY, VA — Think back to 8th grade: do you remember ever talking out loud or being “disruptive”?

Imagine if the punishment was an armed police officer approaching you and shooting you with a Taser gun, frying your nervous system with electrical voltage, for being “disruptive.”

That’s what happened at Powhatan Junior High School on Friday, according to reports.

Mar 16 10:52

Intelligence Officer: Every Single Terrorist Attack In U.S Was a False Flag Attack… Or Egged On By the Government

In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI.

In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism.

We’ve become a lunatic asylum.

Mar 16 10:49

Pedophilia in Britain ‘Woven into the Fabric of Society’

As the UK has launched a new-judge led inquiry panel to investigate a pedophile ring operated in 1980s, the Home Secretary warns the allegations are just a “tip of an iceberg” and the problem is “woven, covertly, into the fabric of our society.”

Following a spate of allegations concerning the abuse of children by adults, many of who abused their positions of power and status, Home Secretary Theresa May said Britons still do not appreciate the “true scale of that abuse.”

Mar 16 10:40

The American Government’s Biggest Lie Is About Ukraine and Vladimir Putin

The entire propaganda campaign against Russia and Putin is based on blatant lies, just like the propaganda to invade Iraq in 2003 was. But this one is far more dangerous because it could lead to unnecessary nuclear war.

Mar 16 09:20

SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE APPROVES “A SURVEILLANCE BILL BY ANOTHER NAME”

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act, which would facilitate the sharing of information from private companies to the government. The putative reason for the legislation is to stop cyberattacks, but some are concerned it will allow transfers of large amounts of personal information to the government.

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